Dr. Akers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Colorado, a bachelor's and master's degree in New Testament from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in ecclesiastical history from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has taught at Belhaven College and Montreat College. John Akers served as Academic Dean of Montreat College until 1977 when he began his work with the Reverend Billy Graham.
Dr. Akers' responsibilities include assisting Dr. Graham in research, administration, and special projects. He has a special interest in the Church in Eastern Europe and Asia, including China and North Korea, and has helped coordinate Dr. Graham's visits in those parts of the world. Additionally, he is involved in various ecumenical contacts, and has accompanied Dr. Graham on his visits to the Vatican. He acted as editorial coordinator for Dr. Graham's autobiography, Just As I Am. Dr. Akers serves on the board of various non-profit agencies and is a member of the executive committee of Christianity Today magazine. Most recently, he served as Chair of the Program Planning committee for Amsterdam 2000, which brought together over 10,000 leaders to discuss the future of evangelism.Dr. Akers is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. He and his wife, Anne, reside in Montreat, North Carolina. They have one son, Tim, who is married and lives in the Chicago area.